The tenth of eleven children, Norah Wilson had to do something to distinguish herself. That thing turned out to be writing. Norah is the author or co-author of more than ten novels, including Every Breath She Takes (Montlake Romance, Sept. 2012) and the self-published Serve and Protect Series. She is a three-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest and won Dorchester Publishing’s New Voice in Romance award. Under the pseudonym Wilson Doherty, she and her writing partner, Heather Doherty, write young adult paranormal fiction. A native Canadian, Wilson lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, with her family.
Norah has been writing almost 20 years, and the past five with an agent. But apart from a sale to the now defunct Dorchester Publishing in 2003, she had been unable to land a traditional publisher. She tried changing it up, chasing trends. She wrote romantic suspense, paranormal romance, dystopian romance, young adult paranormal and cozy mystery, but nothing sold.
In 2010, she started hearing murmurs about self-publishing and watched an author she respected enormously, Delle Jacobs, jump in. With nothing to lose save maybe her reputation, since in many circles self-publishing was still synonymous with vanity publishing, she followed Delle’s lead.
Between her and her writing partner, with whom she writes the YA paranormal and the cozy mystery, Norah now has eleven books self-published and one by Montlake Romance. Writing and publishing is now her full time job!
Article by Eldon Sarte
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